Virtual University of Uganda (VUU), a private online only university and a vanguard in the technological revolution in university education, has kicked off a campaign to raise USD 1 million (Shs 3.8bn) in scholarships and bursaries for masters and post graduate students in Africa.
The university says this drive is premised on the fact that many parents and self-sponsored students are unable to raise the funds needed to attain high quality higher education.
The fundraising campaign was launched Thursday during a dinner held at The Square, in Kampala. It was attended by among others, businessman, Dr Patrick Bitature who doubles as Member Board of Trustees of VUU.
Bitature used the event to rally Ugandans to embrace the spirit of giving. Giving that creates a lasting impact.
“I encourage you to associate with VUU so that you may create a difference, through consistency and commitment to the job at 100% and not in piece meal,” Dr. Bitature urged guests.
“Wealth is nothing without purpose. Giving must create an impact that lasts and causes positive fundamental change, in the short, medium and long-term across different spheres of life,” he further explained.
He thanked the founders of Virtual University of Uganda and the Management for bringing affordable and quality education in Africa.
“We are no longer stuck to draconian education but we are now looking at cutting edge education and that’s how we shall build the leaders of tomorrow”.
The Elimu Scholarship Fund was started in early 2018 to offer masters and post graduate education sponsorships to needy students that have a passion to learn, advance their careers and impact their communities. The fund has so far provided scholarships to over 76 students from across Africa.
In his remarks, Dr Ham-Mukasa Mulira, Chairman Council, VUU and former Minister of ICT and Senior Presidential Advisor on ICT thanked the University’s current partners and sponsors for the support rendered so far.
He reminded guests that those who receive a quality education may take that fact for granted, but there are millions of parents or students across Uganda and Africa that couldn’t afford a decent education.
“It is a sad reality and we have a responsibility to identify and indeed play a role in changing this state of affairs,” said Dr Mulira.
“All of us here should be pleased to see that we can, indeed, play a role in shaping the future of our nation and continent especially because we are now well-positioned to making a difference in the lives of many students and the youth”.
He said this can be done through supporting education opportunities and impactful giving – thanks to the conducive learning environment we have today through virtual learning.
At the same event, the University’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Everd Maniple told guests that the University is aiming to raise USD 1 million (Shs 3.8 billion) to help meet the education needs of thousands of Africans.
“The process of awarding scholarships however, has shown that there are many students with great and genuine financial need. Unfortunately, the university on its own can only do so much,” he said.
The programme is a scholarship fund intended to support needy youth in Africa, through financing their learning in higher education in the core fields of Oil & Gas Management, Public Health, International Development, ICT for Development, and Business Administration so that they may be the protagonists that their societies need in overcoming the challenges their communities face every day.
During the dinner, Dr Bitature pledged a contribution of Shs 5m while Dr Ham Mulira and the Kafeero Foundation pledged Shs 1m and Shs 7.6m respectively. Other guests also made commitments to the Elimu Scholarship Fund.